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Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site 185

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stevegee58 writes "The Mitt Romney presidential campaign accidentally launched a transition website the day after the election. Sporting a 'President Elect' seal and a catchy new tagline ('Smaller, Simpler, Smarter') , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down. Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots."
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Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 08, 2012 @06:44PM (#41926199)

    That site wasn't supposed to launch until Utah secedes.

  • by russlar (1122455) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @06:47PM (#41926217)
    He's channeling his inner Rick Perry.
  • by sandytaru (1158959) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @06:48PM (#41926221) Journal
    Hopefully the Republicans can find a better candidate than a used car salesman next time. And hire a better IT staff.
    • by gatfirls (1315141)
      They should probably run a democrat.
      • by Carewolf (581105)

        They should probably run a democrat.

        Wasn't that what they tried this time, but then asked him to lie about how conservative he was?

    • by Grayhand (2610049)

      Hopefully the Republicans can find a better candidate than a used car salesman next time. And hire a better IT staff.

      They're having trouble figuring out those newfangled punch cards. They hope to get some younger blood in the IT department for the next election, some one under 70 that can mange one of those tape driven jobs!

    • by Coisiche (2000870) on Friday November 09, 2012 @06:35AM (#41930509)

      Hopefully the Republicans can find a better candidate than a used car salesman next time. And hire a better IT staff.

      And don't have an agenda that only benefits a shrinking percentage of the population; or at least don't piss off the growing part of the electorate so much.

  • by joh (27088) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @06:56PM (#41926337)

    Choose any two.

  • by aurashift (2037038) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @07:04PM (#41926459)
    Romney is famous for flip-flopping. Even if someone told him he lost, he thinks he won. And he did. That's the beauty of not taking a stance and not taking NO for an answer. God bless you Romney. God bless us all. (Except the gays)
    • Or it was all part of his plan. Maybe, just maybe, if he can convince enough people that he did in fact get elected then it might just maybe come true. And if that doesn't work he can just disappear by putting his hands over his eyes and saying 'Ha! now you can't see me.'

  • "Fortunately" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dan East (318230) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @07:36PM (#41926747) Homepage Journal

    "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing? It's not like the site shows Romney doing something wrong, or trying to cover up something. Is there something particularly great about the site design that can benefit us in some way? Perhaps it contains some great scripts that we are now fortunate to have access to?

    Someone made a mistake, and you say it is a "fortunate" that they can now be made fun of because of it. Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please. Also, be thankful that your mistakes don't turn into Slashdot stories.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing?

      Because it's funny, and we'd like to see it? Not everything related to politics needs to be serious.

      Someone made a mistake, and you say it is a "fortunate" that they can now be made fun of because of it. Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please. Also, be thankful that your mistakes don't turn into Slashdot stories.

      Everything that is funny is at somebody's expense. That's not being an asshole. Not having a sense of humor and getting offended by it is being an asshole.

      • And why is it funny? Someone made a mistake not because they prepared for an option, but because they ran with the option prematurely and incorrectly. Kinda like the Al Haig "I am in charge here!" or the "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline.

        .

        Hell, even Truman made fun of the newspapers for incorrectly predicting his loss to Dewey: "Dewey Defeats Truman" [wikipedia.org] said the headline, and there's a picture of a grinning Truman laughing at the headline! If the president-elect can laugh at a newspaper's premature prognosti

    • by Nidi62 (1525137)

      Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please.

      But isn't that what politics is all about?

    • Re:"Fortunately" (Score:5, Insightful)

      by artor3 (1344997) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @07:46PM (#41926859)

      It's fortunate because it's humorous. It's like that time that Biden asked the guy in the wheelchair to stand up and greet the crowd. Momentarily funny, ultimately meaningless.

      It's not like anyone's feelings are getting hurt here. The IT guy who posted it goofed, but no one knows or cares who he is. The posting doesn't reflect on Romney at all, and even if it did, so what? His political career is over regardless, and all he's got left is his piles of money, good health, and loving family. Do you really think he cares if people poke fun at one of staffer's slip-ups?

      • by argStyopa (232550)

        FWIW it would have been pretty incompetent if they DIDN'T have such a site prepared. (shrug)

    • Re:"Fortunately" (Score:4, Interesting)

      by siddesu (698447) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:08PM (#41927077)

      Well, it is, for one thing, providing a very interesting glimpse into the mindset of the people who ran Romney's campaign. I also recall them talking about their transition team in early July. Add to that the famous unprepared Romney speech, and you get quite a diagnosis.

      I personally have a hard time believing they were so detached from reality all the way through the campaign that they'd focus on inessential tasks like selecting a transition team early and preparing this mockup rather than focussing on the platform and their campaign.

      It is really telling how close to lunacy the Republican party leadership is.

      Which is sad, really, as weak competition in politics only further lowers the quality of politicians. Adverse selection in action, so to speak.

      • I would have guessed the "Romentum" stories were just for the rubes and that the actual GOP leaders and Romney's people knew better that the odds were against them.

        But the reactions to their loss put all that in doubt... seems the Party really was eating their own dogfood.

      • I personally have a hard time believing they were so detached from reality all the way through the campaign that they'd focus on inessential tasks like selecting a transition team early and preparing this mockup rather than focussing on the platform and their campaign.

        Quite the contrary, planning ahead is one of the qualities you want in an elected official.

        Nor necessarily were they 'focused' on selecting a team or preparing this website, that's what staff and advisers are for - so that multiple th

        • by siddesu (698447)
          What "contrary" are you talking about, and what "planning ahead"? Romney was trailing throughout the campaign, and it was quite obvious that he won't be elected for at least the last 10 days. You want your country to be lead by delusional people like these?
          • by bondsbw (888959)

            it was quite obvious that he won't be elected for at least the last 10 days

            Well according to Gallup [gallup.com], Romney was leading among registered voters in the third week of October and was tied with Obama as recently as the last week. Romney was leading among likely voters for the entirety of October through November 5. "Obvious", it was not.

            I also recall them talking about their transition team in early July

            So you said his team was planning in July, but then you turn around and claimed it only became obvious in the past few days. What makes this "delusional"?

    • by Grayhand (2610049)

      "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing? It's not like the site shows Romney doing something wrong, or trying to cover up something. Is there something particularly great about the site design that can benefit us in some way? Perhaps it contains some great scripts that we are now fortunate to have access to?

      Someone made a mistake, and you say it is a "fortunate" that they can now be made fun of because of it. Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please. Also, be thankful that your mistakes don't turn into Slashdot stories.

      I'd call it a simple mistake except the guy didn't even bother with speech if he lost. All together it comes off arrogant as hell for such a close race!

    • by nobodyman (90587) *

      I'm of two minds. On one hand I think it's "ok" to laugh about this because it is such a trivial thing. I'm guessing the person(s) responsible for doesn't mind terribly much — I mean it's not like s/he has to be worried about being fired.

      But on the the other hand, I think reveling in schadenfreude and antagonizing 49% of voters is a good way for Dems to get screwed in the midterms (again)

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by fm6 (162816)

      "Fortunately" because it's interesting to see what they planned. And because it says a lot about their mindset that the only contingency they had planned for was victory.

      I've always been fascinated by a document that turned up in Dwight Eisenhower's papers. It was a letter to his superiors taking sole responsibility for the failure of the D-Day invasion! Of course, he never sent it, because the damn thing succeeded, and he got credit for it, which is as it should be. But it says a lot about him that he was

      • That's interest to read about Eisenhower. Where is that particular document found? Wasn't he the "The Buck Stops Here" president? That' would make sense. It does say a lot about him that he's willing to own up to and take responsibility for his actions, whether the outcome is good or bad.
        • by fm6 (162816)

          I don't have source for the Eisenhower doc. If you want to google it, feel free.

          Harry Truman was the one with the "The Buck Stops Here" sign on his desk.

    • "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing? It's not like the site shows Romney doing something wrong, or trying to cover up something. Is there something particularly great about the site design that can benefit us in some way? Perhaps it contains some great scripts that we are now fortunate to have access to?

      Someone made a mistake, and you say it is a "fortunate" that they can now be made fun of because of it. Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please. Also, be thankful that your mistakes don't turn into Slashdot stories.

      It's funny because it fits in with the Republicans view of the universe - if we say something is true it is true. So, in Repuniverse; ohio is still in play, Obama suppressed the vote, and Mitt is getting inaugurated in Jan.

    • by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Friday November 09, 2012 @09:20AM (#41931407) Homepage

      "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing?

      Because it's just this kind of gaffe that could cost Romney the election!

  • After Romney carried Ohio.

  • Romney and Bain Capital do not have time to worry about a simple presidential loss. Obama won they have to swing into full outsourcing sales mode which will not be very, very easy. You see Romney and Bain did not loose, they won and won big.

  • I mean, heck, the Romney campaign is transitioning, right? The only problem is in the details, and Romney doesn't like to get into that sort of stuff until later.

  • Schadenfreudelicious.

  • They just got smaller smarter simpler votes.
  • Romney needs to go on an apology tour.
  • This sounds like an Onion-perpetrated prank to continue their "Romney not giving up just because he lost the election" schtick.

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